NTSB Press Release

National Transportation Safety Board
Office of Public Affairs


February 18, 1998

Washington, DC - National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) Chairman Jim Hall has announced the appointment of Jamie Finch as the new Director for the Office of Government, Public, and Family Affairs.

Finch began his new duties December 15,1997 at the independent federal agency. He is responsible for an office that provides information about the Board's activities to the public, news media, the White House, Congress and state and local governments. Its newly-staffed family affairs section is the NTSB's outreach to the families of transportation accident victims.

In 1994, Finch joined NTSB and served for three years as special assistant to the Chairman. In August he was named deputy director of the Office of Government, Public, and Family Affairs.

While at the NTSB, Finch has been on site at several accident investigations, including a circus train derailment in Lakeland, Florida; the Action Air Charters accident in Stratford, Connecticut; the American Eagle accident in Roselawn, Indiana; an Amtrak derailment near Secaucus, NJ; the Air Transport International cargo plane accident in Kansas City and a grade crossing accident in Sycamore, South Carolina. He also worked extensively with the crash of TWA 800 off the coast of Long Island and the crash of Korean Air Lines flight 801 in Guam.

Finch was a consultant to the White House Commission on Aviation Safety and Security and the joint DOT-NTSB Task Force on Assistance to Families of Aviation Disasters. He also spent several months at the White House to assist in the selection of personnel for the Departments of Transportation and Energy.

Additionally, Finch has worked extensively to promote transportation safety with the international aviation and surface modal communities in the United Kingdom, France, The Netherlands, Russia, Sweden, Finland, South Africa, Canada, Mexico, New Zealand, Hong Kong, Singapore, and Australia.

Finch, 33, received a bachelor's degree from the University of Tennessee and a master's from Johns Hopkins University. He is currently working on his doctorate at the Washington Center of the University of Southern California. He lives in Northern Virginia. He is the son of Henrietta Finch of Trimble, TN and Tommy Finch of Trenton, TN. His brother, Clint, is a graduate student at the American University in Washington, DC.

The National Transportation Safety Board is an independent federal agency charged with investigating major transportation accidents to determine probable cause and issue safety recommendations aimed at preventing future accidents.



The National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) is an independent federal agency charged with determining the probable cause
of transportation accidents, promoting transportation safety, and assisting victims of transportation accidents and their families.